The first week of the new year for President Donald Trump's administration got off to an explosive start Wednesday after excerpts from a forthcoming book on the early days of the Trump presidential candidacy produced shocking allegations from former campaign CEO Steve Bannon.
Not unexpectedly, the president immediately responded with a similar level of vitriol to Bannon's comments in the book.
Also, not to be overlooked amid the turmoil, Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort sued special counsel Robert Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice in U.S. federal court alleging that the investigation has strayed beyond the scope of the original probe Mueller was authorized to pursue.
Need to get up to speed? Here is a summary of Wednesday's whirlwind news cycle:
Trump did not want to win the election. First lady Melania Trump wept with sorrow on election night. Former Trump campaign advisor Sam Nunberg tried to explain the Constitution to the candidate, but only made it to the Fourth Amendment before Trump got bored.
Top White House officials derided Trump for his intelligence, according to claims in an upcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," seen by NBC News.
Trump savaged former campaign CEO and White House chief strategist Bannon on Wednesday, contending that "he not only lost his job" but also "lost his mind" when he left the White House.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday called Bannon's claim that Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russians in June 2016 was "treasonous" a "ridiculous assertion."
Former Trump campaign chairman Manafort has sued special counsel Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and the Department of Justice in U.S. federal court, alleging that Mueller has strayed beyond the scope of the investigation he was authorized to pursue.